Daylight raiders snatch pups

The cocker spaniel puppies stolen from a property on Bawtry Road in Austerfield.
The cocker spaniel puppies stolen from a property on Bawtry Road in Austerfield.

A Doncaster couple have been left distraught after thieves stole two litters of pedigree puppies from their home.

David and Diane Saddington are convinced the raiders knew exactly what they would find when they broke into their detached house in Austerfield last Friday afternoon.

The burglars got away with two litters of cocker spaniel puppies, seven in total, which were around six weeks old and worth thousands of pounds.

The puppies had already been sold for around £450 to £500 each and were due to be collected by their new owners this week.

But on Friday, May 17, between 1.30pm and 3.55pm, entry was gained to the property on Bawtry Road while the couple were out.

Mr Saddington, a kitchen fitter, said he returned home just before 4pm to find the conservatory window smashed and the puppies taken from the boiler room where they were kept.

There were four black and white dogs – two male and two female – and three chocolate coloured male dogs.

“We’ve been breeding cocker spaniels for a few years just as a hobby and selling the puppies on the internet but I’m not sure if we’ll do it any more after this,” said Mr Saddington.

“They were all due to be collected by the new owners by this weekend and one of them was to be a present. All the buyers are horrified by this.

“We’ve no idea what’s happened to the pups and we’re hoping anyone offered one will be suspicious because they will have no pedigree documents, but there are always people out there who aren’t going to be bothered by that.

“It’s caused a lot of problems for other people and for us.

“My wife is still distraught.”

n Police are urging anyone with any information, or anyone who may have been offered a Cocker Spaniel puppy for sale, to call them on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 740 of May 17.